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Benefits with Risk

Risks are all over your project, from the birth of the idea to completion. Maximize benefits with true risk management of your project. In this blog, I bring ideas, some basic level of knowledge on key project subjects. I try to have everything identical in English and French.

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The proposal usually prepared following a call for tenders. An important step for many companies must be done with great care.

 Many companies will already have a pre-analysis process, a Go / NoGo. In this process, we will determine if we want to move forward. Different criteria specific to the company will be used to decide.

 It is in this part of the process, an evaluation of the alignment of the proposed project with the strategy of the company will be evaluated. This preliminary analysis will make a choice. Remember that it is expensive to bid and that the human resources of the company are not unlimited.

 The elements to be evaluated are numerous, many criteria can be specific to the company. They will be influenced by the area of business, the size of the company, growth objectives, risk tolerance for example.

 A number of reviews analyzes are often performed. I provide you with some ideas that could align you.

 • In the case of a project in a foreign country, one will want to evaluate the political and economic stability, especially for a first project in the country.

• The call for tenders is made by a current customer or a new customer for the company. The risks are different, as well as the potential benefits.

• What will be the language of the communications, if not ours, do we have people internally or will we have to hire new people.

• The scope of the project, do we have the experience.

• What are the benefits of doing this project for the company, developing a new market segment in line with the strategic plan?

 We will probably want to have a preliminary assessment of the chances of winning the call for tenders. The other main bidders, who are they?

Following this analysis, we will decide on a Go / NoGo to bid.



La proposition, généralement préparée suite à un appel d’offres. Une démarche importante pour beaucoup d’entreprises doit être faite avec beaucoup de soins.

De nombreuses entreprises auront déjà en place un processus de préanalyse, un Go/NoGo. Dans cette démarche, on établira si l’on souhaite aller de l’avant. Différents critères propres à l’entreprise serviront à décider. 

C’est dans cette portion de la démarche, une évaluation de l’enlignement du projet proposé avec la stratégie de l’entreprise sera réalisée. Cette analyse préliminaire permettra de faire un choix. Rappelons qu’il est couteux de soumissionner, et que les ressources humaines de l’entreprise ne sont pas illimitées. 

Les éléments à évaluer sont nombreux, beaucoup de critères peuvent être spécifiques à l’entreprise. Ils seront influencés par le domaine d’affaires, la taille de l’entreprise, les objectifs de croissances, la tolérance au risque par exemple.

Un certain nombre d’analyses sommaires sont souvent effectuées. Je vous fournis quelques idées qui pourraient vous aligner.

·      Dans le cas d’un projet dans un pays étranger, on voudra évaluer la stabilité politique et économique, surtout pour un premier projet dans le pays.

·      L’appel d’offres est fait par un client actuel ou un nouveau client pour l’entreprise. Les risques sont différents, ainsi que les bénéfices potentiels.

·      Quelle sera la langue des communications, si ce n’est pas la nôtre, avons-nous des personnes à l’interne ou devrons-nous engager de nouvelles personnes.

·      L’envergure du projet, en avons-nous l’expérience. 

·      Quels sont les bénéfices de faire ce projet pour l’entreprise, développer un nouveau segment de marché en lien avec le plan stratégique ?

On voudra surement avoir une évaluation préliminaire des chances de gagner l’appel d’offres. Les principaux autres soumissionnaires, qui sont-ils ?

Suite à cette analyse, on décidera d’un Go/NoGo pour soumissionner.

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Make known the reasons for doing a project

Original article on LinkedIn, you can share 

The "Prince 2 Practitioner" certification I recently completed led me to a more strategic review of elements of project management, corporate governance and a project office.

In particular, Prince2 rates as highly important the "Why are we doing this project? ", already identified as critical for the survival of a company, but often overlooked. The life of a business is based primarily on the motivation of its staff and the trust of its shareholders. These are two assets that must be preserved.

Identifying clearly the real reasons for doing a project will always be a winning approach for the company in the medium and long term because it ensures that the evaluation of the level of achievement of objectives remains fair and equitable. It is essential for maintaining an optimal level of staff motivation at all levels. Human resources are a major asset, critical to the success of a company, but investors / shareholders also need to understand the strategic framework of the company's key projects to assess correctly the results obtained.


 Each company operates in a specific context and pursues different business objectives. Any business whether public or private must analyze a portfolio of projects. These projects originate internally, or from a call for tenders or direct requests but a company can’t usually realize all.

 Choices must be made. It will be better managed if the objectives which justify the selection are clearly identified. For a company, it may be opening a new market, for another ensuring continuity for projects teams, reducing certain costs, increasing customer satisfaction or optimizing capacity. Many other elements can be part of the reasons for undertaking a project. In the private and in the public sectors, political influences are often part of justification.

Clear objectives

Explicitly documenting the reasons why, the company choose a project allows initially to properly inform management, shareholders and all stakeholders about expectations for this project. These initial reasons are the criteria that the company must then use to assess project performance.

The passage of time from the selection of the project to its completion often results in an evolution of the company business outlook that makes many stakeholders forget the original goals. The result in a success evaluation grid comprising elements that do not reflect the original objectives. For example, the realization of the usual returns on a project may have been sacrificed at inception in favor of sustainability, the overall performance of the business or risk diversification. I noted that once a project is ongoing managers too often forget the fundamental objectives they wanted to achieve with this project. If the goal was to open a new market this is the key criterion for evaluation and the profitability of the project itself becomes a relative criterion.

It is essential that each project manager keeps prominently in mind the expectations of the company for the project. Throughout the project, the achievement of the objectives should   remain the guide orienting his decisions based.  His performance should be evaluated based on the achievement of the clear objectives that justified the choice of the project. In addition, clear targets enable the monitoring to ensure that the objectives are still valid and achievable.


In a slow economy, a company may choose to bid lower prices. The project objectives are therefore intended to maintain expertise but achieving a given level of profitability is not part of the objectives. The bid for a fixed-price project is won and accepted by all. During the following months, the company's directors are replaced and an economic recovery takes hold. In another context, there will be tenders to expand in new markets to diversify risk or aiming at cracking open a market of the future knowing that profitability is not at the rendezvous. For another company, it will at great expense implement changes to a system to comply with a new legislation. Or build an infrastructure in winter despite higher costs in response to a particular event. No doubt you have your own examples.

Without explicit targets, a project manager will have difficulty in justifying low profitability to new directors. If he is forced to pursue irreconcilable objectives, it may be that neither the original targets or the new targets will be reached.


Properly applied this approach of continuity, highlighted as strategically important by Prince2, avoids turning into a bad project what could have been a winning project. Demonstrating that the resources have been used for projects that served the business objectives, will also have a positive impact on the perception of shareholders that for state-owned-enterprises are the citizens they are mandated to serve.

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